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  1. Leaked paper reveals UN split over war on drugs

    30 November 2013
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    Major divisions over the global "war on drugs" have been revealed in a leaked draft of a UN document setting out the organisation's long-term strategy. The draft, written in September shows there are serious divisions over the longstanding US-led policy promoting prohibition as an solution to the problem. Instead, a number of countries are pushing for the "war on drugs" to be seen in a different light, placing greater emphasis on treating drug consumption as a public health problem, rather than a criminal justice matter. (See also: Drug control policies are changing: Why? And why has it taken so long?)

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    Mujica pide que "el mundo ayude a Uruguay" en "experimento" con marihuana

    30 November 2013
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    El presidente uruguayo, José Mujica, dijo en una entrevista en el diario brasileño Folha de Sao Paulo que espera que "el mundo ayude" a su país en el "experimento" que supondrá legalizar la compraventa y el cultivo de marihuana. "No defiendo la marihuana y quisiera que no exista" pues "ningún vicio es bueno", pero "vamos a regular un mercado que ya existe" y frente al cual "no se puede cerrar los ojos", sobre todo porque "la vía represiva" contra las drogas "fracasó", declaró el gobernante.

  3. How to Regulate Cannabis

    30 November 2013

    This is a guide to regulating legal markets for the non-medical use of cannabis. It is for policy makers, drug policy reform advocates and affected communities all over the world, who are witnessing the question change from, 'Should we maintain cannabis prohibition?' to 'How will legal regulation work in practice?

  4. Local medical marijuana firm to open next week

    30 November 2013
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    History is expected to be created next week when Jamaica's first medical marijuana company, which is intended to be instrumental in extracting the medicinal value from the addictive elements of ganja, comes into being. Internationally renowned Jamaican scientist Professor Henry Lowe, the brainchild behind the initiative, has high hopes for the use of medical marijuana in Jamaica.

  5. Berlin council votes to open first cannabis cafe

    29 November 2013
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    Councillors in Berlin have voted to launch the country's first cannabis cafe in their district. A large majority in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg council have backed the move as part of efforts to curb local drug dealing, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily reports. District Mayor Monika Herrmann says the "prohibition policy" of the past few decades has failed: "We now have to think about offbeat solutions." (See also: Berlin borough pushing for Germany’s first cannabis coffee-shop | Kreuzberg stimmt für Coffeeshop)

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    "Cada usuario que pasa al autocultivo es un cliente menos para las mafias"

    29 November 2013
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    Martín Barriuso, el presidente del primer club de consumidores de marihuana, Pannagh, que buscaba el auto abastecimiento y de la Federación de Asociaciones Cannábicas de España es uno de los invitados a la Expoweed, espacio de encuentro, educación y debate sobre uso industrial del cáñamo, medicina cannábica, activismo y política de drogas.

  7. Lyda Fernanda Forero

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    Project Coordinator AEJ

    Lyda Fernanda Forero is an economist who carries out analysis and campaigning on trade and investment policies, the architecture of impunity created for transnational corporations, and new trends in financialisation and commodification of nature and life. Lyda is Colombian, she has a BA degree in Economics and has  master studies in History at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where...

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    MPs urge Theresa May to reverse qat ban

    29 November 2013
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    MPs are urging Theresa May, the home secretary, to reverse the government's ban on the herbal stimulant qat, which is widely used in Britain's Somali and Yemeni communities. A Commons home affairs select committee report said the decision to ban qat, also known as khat, was not based on any evidence of medical or social harm and that it would be better to license importers of the plant. (See also: Why the khat ban will be almost as pointless as the drug itself)

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    Berlín abre 'coffee shops' contra el trapicheo

    27 November 2013
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    Los berlineses tendrán a su disposición la compra de marihuana y hachís para fumarla tranquilamente en un bar. Alemania estrena coffee shops. Así lo han decidido los gobernantes de uno de los distritos de la capital, el de Friedrichshein-Kreuzberg, para acabar con el negocio clandestino y la criminalidad que rodea el consumo ilegal. La iniciativa de la alcaldesa del distrito, Monika Herrmann de Los Verdes, se aprobó por unanimidad.

  10. Most Jamaicans support ganja decriminalisation - study

    27 November 2013
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    A recent study has found that a majority of Jamaica’s population may be in support of relaxing the laws prohibiting the use of marijuana. The study, which was conducted by pollster Don Anderson, reveals that 55 per cent of those interviewed felt that the laws criminalising marijuana should be relaxed. Anderson notes that 55 per cent of respondents also believe that marijuana should be commercialised. (See also: Ganja Medicine: Local doctors approve patients' use of marijuana)

  11. How the corporate elite win the class war

    John Palmer
    27 November 2013
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    In building a progressive alternative we can draw strength and clarity from the sombre message brought by Susan George.  John Palmer reviews "How to Win the Class War: The Lugano Report II"

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    Mujica explicó que el proyecto de regulación de la marihuana es una "prueba social"

    26 November 2013
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    El Presidente Mujica explicó que el proyecto de Ley de regulación de la producción y venta de marihuana, ya aprobado por Diputados y en Comisión de Salud del Senado es una “prueba social”. Explicó que la intención es regular un mercado que ya existe. "El mercado no lo inventamos nosotros, ya existe". "Tratamos de intervenir en ese mercado porque el narcotráfico es peor que la droga, nos trae otros problemas sociales terribles, porque degrada el mundo delictivo, que tenía valores, los deja por el camino y lo arregla todo con plata o muerte", dijo Mujica.

  13. Kenya appeals to UK not to ban khat

    26 November 2013
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    The leafy substance khat, grown by many Kenyan farmers, is of economic and cultural significance to many Africans. The UK government has decided, against the advice of its own experts, to treat khat as a class C drug to "protect vulnerable members of our communities". In July, UK Home Secretary Theresa May said khat would be banned "at the earliest possible opportunity" but a ban has yet to be imposed. A team of Kenyan MPs lobby the UK government not to follow suit.

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    Bachelet y el camino hacia una política de drogas progresista

    Eduardo Vergara B.
    26 November 2013
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    Tras miles de muertes, aumento en el consumo, gastos desmesurados y violaciones a los derechos humanos, la ola de consensos y reformas a las políticas de drogas en América Latina trae esperanza a una región donde los costos han sido ya demasiado altos... países como Colombia, Argentina y Uruguay han demostrado que es posible iniciar procesos de reforma acordes a las realidades de cada país.

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    Marihuana: "Apoyo total" de Guatemala a proyecto uruguayo

    26 November 2013
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    El canciller de Guatemala, Fernando Carrera, aseguró en París que su gobierno apoya el proyecto de Uruguay de regular el mercado de la marihuana. En una entrevista a la agencia francesa AFP, Carrera, aseguró el “apoyo total” de Guatemala al proyecto. Sostuvo que “es necesario que el mundo empiece a debatir este tema, porque el paradigma de la respuesta a las drogas está agotado y ya no da más resultados”.

  16. Trade: time for a new vision

    26 November 2013
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    For fairer and more democratic societies, people need to claim control over the EU’s trade and investment policy processes. We need to change EU’s trade and investment policies and the way in which decisions are made.

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    Comisión de Salud Pública aprobó el proyecto de regulación de la marihuana

    25 November 2013
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    La Comisión de Salud Pública del Senado en Uruguay aprobó en la tarde de este martes, con votos únicamente del Frente Amplio, el proyecto de ley sobre Control y Regulación de la Marihuana y sus derivados, sin ningún cambio.

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    Drugs minister refuses to rule out legalisation of cannabis

    25 November 2013
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    The new Liberal Democrat minister responsible for drugs policy, Norman Baker, has refused to rule out a policy of legalising cannabis but said that it is not his prime objective in the job. "I think it needs to be considered along with everything else. It is not my prime objective and I am not advocating it at the moment. We should be prepared to follow the evidence and see where it takes us," he said.

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